<a href="http://beyondbridges.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Paper53-1.jpg"><img class="alignleft size-medium wp-image-3629" src="http://beyondbridges.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Paper53-1-300x227.jpg" alt="Paper53-1" width="300" height="227" /></a>... it might be a little grandiose for a title, but this morning my iPad downloaded an update to <a href="https://www.fiftythree.com/paper" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Paper53's app</a>. I played with it for a little while - and decided to make a doodle. But what would the topic be ?

Each morning as I run through my Feedly – two sites are automatically found in my ‘MUST READ’ section. The awesome commentary and analysis of one Ben Thompson on his Stratechery site – and the know less awesome – but so much easier to grok in a couple of seconds – This is Indexed by Jessica Hagy.

I THINK Ben has been known to use Paper53 for some of his graphics that support his work – such as this one. Meanwhile Jessica, since 2006 has been relentless in delivering a daily index card to those that care (I do) with information, humor and unspoken commentary – though she seems to be artist enough not to need such a tool 🙂

The Paper53 app has always been one of my favorites – but this morning’s download added some interesting features.

  • Draw a rough shape – and it creates a ‘perfect version’ of that shape.
  • Use the fill tool to solid fill an area
  • Highlight an area – and simply cut it out

… and probably a lot more that I haven’t yet discovered.

I was inspired – a few simple additions to an already great program – and now I can draw free hand my ideas in a neat and tidy format. Within 5 minutes of seeing the new potential of Paper 53 – I produced this doodle. I will do more. Somehow I doubt this will be daily like Jessica’s. Somehow I doubt the insights of Ben will be revealed through such posts. What I don’t doubt is how the iPad gets to be an increasingly useful tool for creation, thinking, ideation, sharing …. for anyone that cares to try the costume on.

            <a href="http://beyondbridges.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/writing-kit.png"><img class="alignleft size-thumbnail wp-image-2724" alt="writing-kit" src="http://beyondbridges.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/writing-kit-150x150.png" width="150" height="150" /></a>You know it goes. I have had <a href="http://getwritingkit.com">'Writing Kit'</a> on my iPad since it came out. Wrestled with it. Love the Markdown - once you get the hang of it. Well, I will let you decide that one. That all said, once I had created a document ... then what ? They were abandoned. Cast aside - without n'er a thought.

Now Fixed

You see my copy of Writing Kit is auto connected to my Dropbox – as is Draft In.

During the day, I write away into Writing Kit. Make notes, form thoughts. And it doesn’t matter if I don’t have an Internet connection. I write – and when I connect, it all synchs. Thats’s why Draft.IN doesnt QUITE do it for me – it just isn’t ‘always’ there.

Once synced, I then decide what to do. I can use DraftIn to publish to the blogs.(That process is interesting even of itself …. Since I am only connecting blogs as I need them), so far – out of god knows how many I apparently write to – just two are connected.

Anyway – my point is that using Writing Kit, as my daily note taker (an my notes – I mean meaningful notes) … I can then funnel the content wherever I wish. Blogs, EMail, Evernote or just leave it there – until the next time.

            <a href="http://beyondbridges.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/natekontny.jpeg"><img class="alignleft size-thumbnail wp-image-2662" src="http://beyondbridges.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/natekontny-150x150.jpeg" alt="natekontny" width="150" height="150" /></a>OK - so with a switch here - and a switch there, I think I have managed to introduce a new part of my workflow - "just like that" - as Tommy Cooper used to say.

Here’s the deal – I have discovered this amazing online resource called ‘Draftin’.

Why am I excited ? Well – for a long time now I have been VERY disappointed with myself with regard to my use of Facebook. I drop a lot of stuff in there – mainly because it is soooooo easy. Then even just a week later – try finding anything – close to impossible. Facebook is ‘for the moment’. Sure – fun – but totally impractical.

I have the wordpress app on my pad and phone, i use Mars Edit, I have Blogsy – all great for ‘proper’ posts – but for quick ‘comments into the stream’ – over kill. No longer. Sign up to Draftin – post my comment – submit – and it drops right into my blog stream, complete with tags and categories.

Just some of ‘the bennies’

  • It uses HTML and Markdown
  • You can collaborate with it
  • You can publish to blogs – hidden and public
  • It hooks into dropbox, box, evernote …

In fact – what I have done is set up a new tag in the blog called ‘Journal’ – so that everything coming through this channel will be flagged – and though it is part of the timeline, it wont appear on the main blog – where more (ideally) thought provoking pieces will appear.

Anyway – now you know why I am excited – and now signing off as I move on with my ‘Great Experiment’.

First – my thanks to friend and colleague Anneke Seley for putting me onto this handy-dandy app.

You come away from that convention, pockets full of cards. You photograph them all and submit. After some OCR processing – you are asked to approve (dont need to wait – just come back to the app the next day) … and wow – all ready to be saved to your local contacts / address book – and a single click to connect with them on LinkedIN. How good is that ?

CardMunch is free and comes from LinkedIN – where else – and probably should have been done by Plaxo years ago. Plaxo ? Really ? Are they still around ?

They are – no need to check – it is essentially the same app it was when it launched – just that it’s owned by Comcast these days.

sprout_social_logo This is one of a series of posts about Sprout Social that I am publishing throughout this blog, you can find the full list of posts here. I highly recommend that you check that set if you haven’t already.

Reading this just now reminded me that I need to get onto my next Sprout Social Post. Meanwhile – I thought I would share this.

Seems like I am not the only act in town that thinks so highly of this product.

Let me cut to the chase – the article ends with this comment.

The intuitive use of Sprout Social sets it apart from the competition. It’s a simple, effective way to manage your social media efforts.  However, every product is never without its short-comings. Google integration and publishing is NOT available on Sprout Social. So, posting to Google+ takes additional effort on the marketer’s part to increase their social media gamut. Sprout Social is not a be-all, end-all social media management system, but it is mant to conduct a good percentage of your efforts. With the reporting, messages, and publishing efforts of the platform, it’s a great tool for social media ROI and engagement.

I agree – “Sprout Social is not a be-all, end-all social media management system” – but then what is ? And surely the lack of “Google integration and publishing” is a Google API question (I think – must go and check that …). Will post more info when I find it.

But that all said – do click through and take a read – the writer goes into a tonne more detail than I ever will in my posts – and since it comes to you via Social Media Today – well – it must be right – no ?

sprout_social_logo This is one of a series of posts about Sprout Social that I am publishing throughout this blog, you can find the full list of posts here. I highly recommend that you check that set if you haven’t already.

Before you get started – you might want to check this post first.

The home page of Sprout Social is a veritable forest of goodness that you need to get your head around.

This post is JUST about the Home page that you are presented when you first log on. As I build out this series, I will cross reference to the other aspects of the application so that you get the full picture of what it can do for you. Continue reading

sprout_social_logo This is one of a series of posts about Sprout Social that I am publishing throughout this blog, you can find the full list of posts here. I highly recommend that you check that set if you haven’t already.

Before you get started – you might want to check these introductory ideas first.

There is no doubt that the complexity of the world is increasing each and every day – and part of that is the job of monitoring, managing and making sense of all of those confounded networks that you are signed up for that are supposedly generating business for you = but still – somehow you really really just do not KNOW.

I have been looking at Sprout Social since October. Continue reading

            <a href="http://beyondbridges.net/2012/12/review-revisited/blogsy_blogging_app_for_ipad_1/" rel="attachment wp-att-1813"><img class="alignleft size-thumbnail wp-image-1813" alt="blogsy_blogging_app_for_ipad_1" src="http://beyondbridges.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/blogsy_blogging_app_for_ipad_1-150x150.jpg" width="150" height="150" /></a>The links in this post is two months old - and the writer waxes lyrical on the Microsoft Surface.


Because it has a keyboard and a touch screen.

Why is that important ?

Because apparently he can’t write posts on anything but a ‘real’ keyboard.

NEWSFLASH – I am writing this post on a REAL keyboard – it’s built right in to the iPad. And you know the amazing thing ? When I don’t need it – the keyboard just goes away. Meanwhile, the app I am using on the iPad is Blogsy – my iPad blogging platform of choice – to write this all out. (so you might imagine why I am confused in reading why the Surface is essential – at least for that reason).

Meanwhile – two months later – I am still waiting to hear about the massive sales that Surface has ratcheted up as a result of this extraordinary vision – a physical keyboard.

I seem to be on a roll today. John Gruber is another blogger that one day I hope to meet. He has a thread of thought running through his blog Daring Fireball called Claim Chowder. John – I offer this up to you as my contribution to your ever growing archive calling out the ‘experts’ that we keep on listening to – but seem to avoid accountability.